klamath Basin

Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Legislating The Klamath Basin

Credit US Fish & Wildlife

The people who use water from the Klamath Basin can come together and reach an agreement; many of them did. 

But it still takes federal legislation to give any agreement the force of law. 

Oregon and California senators recently introduced legislation to codify the recent Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. 

It gets a hearing in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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What's Red And Black And Spotted All Over?
6:35 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Spotted Frog Proposal Revives Endangered Species Fears

The Oregon spotted frog is no longer found in nearly 80 percent of its historic habitat range
Credit USDA Forest Service

Twenty-three years ago, the listing of the northern spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act was one of the factors that led to a sharply reduced Northwest timber harvest. Now, wildlife officials are proposing to list the Oregon spotted frog. If approved, this listing would not have nearly the far-reaching impact the spotted owl listing had. But  officials in Klamath County are pushing back against a proposal they fear will lead to intrusive and economically-damaging regulations.

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The Devil In The Details
9:25 am
Thu December 5, 2013

An End To The Klamath Water Wars?

Beautiful battleground: The landscape of the Klamath Basin, the watershed of the Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California
Credit US Fish & Wildlife

For decades, farmers and ranchers have engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with fishermen and Indian tribes over scarce water supplies in the Klamath Basin. Now, government officials and stakeholders have announced the broad outlines of an agreement they say could finally bring peace to the region.

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Drought Stricken Region May Get Relief
6:46 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Klamath Water Deal Made

Upper Klamath Lake.
Credit downtowngal/Wikimedia

Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes have reached a tentative deal for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin.

Members of a special task force signed an agreement in principal Monday in Klamath Falls. Thier goal is to reach a final agreement early in 2014 that will guide legislation to be offered by U. S. Senator Ron Wyden.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

An Alternative Klamath Water Task Force

Upper Klamath Lake
Credit downtowngal/Wikimedia

The task force appointed to examine Klamath Basin water issues is nearly finished with its work.

But the nature of the work does not please the elected county leaders in Klamath and Siskiyou Counties, who want a future for the Klamath Basin to at least consider keeping the four dams targeted for removal. 

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams explains what led to the parallel move, and what happens now.  

 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference

Credit Humboldt State University

Subjects ranging from wildfire management to the fate of bats will be on the table at Bio Conf this weekend at Humboldt State University. 

If the nickname doesn't ring a bell, we're talking about Biodiversity Conference 2013, running October 4th through the 6th. 

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Water Issues Create Controversy
6:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks

Copco One Dam on the Klamath River.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they're planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that commissioners in Oregon's Klamath County and supervisors in California's Siskiyou County met on Monday.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2013
5:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

No Refuge For Ducks In Klamath Basin

Credit fohn.net

The drought in the Klamath Basin this summer only worsened the situation of too many entities seeking use of the same water.  Somebody loses, and this year, the losers include ducks in the federal wildlife refuges in the area.  You'll hear the scope of the problem from the Fish and Wildlife Service.